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Crew released after two years in captivity

In an amazing test of the human spirit, after more than two years of captivity, six seamen who were kidnapped by Somali pirates have been released, according to press reports.

Pirates seized the Danish coaster M/V Leopard and its crew in January 2011. The two Danish and the four Philippine seamen have very recently been released off the Somali coast and taken to safety, according to The Maritime Executive.

“It is with very great happiness and relief we can inform that our colleagues finally have been released. The past more than two years have been extremely traumatic and inhuman for our crew and their families, and we very much look forward to having our colleagues back home”, said Claus Bech, Managing Director the ship’s owner, Shipcraft.

Click here for the full report and click here for the official announcement by Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.